New Year's Resolutions in One Word
The clock is counting down, and 2016 is dwindling away. As so many would love to push it over the edge and welcome a new year and a fresh start, there are still a few days left. With the holiday behind us, most adults – young, old, single, married, parents, or not – tend to begin dreaming of the upcoming year and everything good it will bring. A new year signifies change, and a clean slate. But so many of us parents have learned that resolutions are a lot harder to keep when trying to balance life and children. We even try to let the kids in on creating the resolutions, but what example are we setting when these goals are forgotten within weeks of the new year? A few years ago, someone created the hashtag MyOneWord, and I am loving the concept for myself (So naturally, I thought you all would love it too.) #MyOneWord is exactly what it sounds like: foregoing a list of resolutions and choosing one word to live by for the new year. If you start googling, you will find thousands of word options, but I suggest you sit down and think through your choice; it will be more meaningful and lasting if you do so. I pulled out a pen and paper yesterday and listed out my own hopes and goals for 2017:
- Find a better work-marriage-parenthood balance.
- Train for a ½ marathon.
- Go to the gym 3 days a week for strength training.
- Save money to buy a house.
- Pay off my van.
- Lessen frivolous spending.
- Go on more date nights with the hubby.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Listen before talking.
- Read more books.
- Travel to visit a friend.
- Simplify the day-to-day crap.
- Continue to slow down and just be present with the kids.